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One of the results was that the leading emancipationists of Great Britain signed and published a warning against the colonization scheme, denouncing it as having its roots in “a cruel prejudice,” and declaring that it was calculated to “increase the spirit of caste so unhappily predominant,” and that it “exposed the colored people to great practical persecution in order to force them to emigrate.”

As for the poor agent of the Colonizationists, seeing how the battle was tending, he left England in a hurry, and was nevermore heard of in that part of the world.

Garrison's personal triumph was very striking, and it was splendidly earned. He was made the recipient of many compliments and testimonials. A curious incident resulted from this great popularity. He was invited to breakfast by Sir Thomas Buxton, the noted English philanthropist, with a view to making the acquaintance of a number of distinguished persons who were to be present. When Mr. Garrison presented himself, his entertainer, who had not before met or seen him, looked at him in great astonishment.

“Are you William Lloyd Garrison?” he inquired.

“That is who I am,” replied Mr. Garrison, “and I am here on your invitation.”

“But you are a white man,” said Buxton, “and from your zeal and labors in behalf of the colored people, I assumed that you were one of them.”

Garrison left England in what, metaphorically, might be described as “a blaze of glory.” Hundreds attended him when he went to embark on his homeward voyage, and he was followed by their

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